The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) provides skiing and snowboarding lessons for people with disabilities and other special needs. We host Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding lessons at Breckenridge, Keystone (Keystone Adaptive Center), and Copper Mountain Ski Resorts. BOEC is known for personalized, custom skiing and snowboarding experiences for people with disabilities and special needs. We view skiing and snowboarding as sports that can – and should – be enjoyed by all!

2021-22 Adaptive Ski Program

The 2021-2022 BOEC ski season is projected to run from November 26th, 2021 to April 17, 2022.

BOEC plans to operate at a normal capacity this winter at both Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts. Advance reservations for all lessons are strongly recommended. You can request a participant application or update your existing application by calling 970-453-5633. Once this is complete, we will send you a link to access the application. Upon submission, we will be in touch with you to schedule desired lessons for the season.

BOEC COVID-19 POLICY UPDATES:

  • As of October 1, 2021, BOEC requires all participants, staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This also includes any non-participating persons accompanying the participant to a BOEC program (Please refer to the BOEC COVID-19 PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT for full vaccination policy).
  • All participants, staff, volunteers and non-participating persons accompanying a participant will be asked to complete a symptom check.
  • Face Coverings will be required in all ski program offices as well as outdoors when working within 6 feet on all ski and snowboard lessons.

Please review the 2021-2022 BOEC Winter Operations Manual linked below and reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Please contact us with questions and general inquiries:

Please Call 970-453-5633 for a Participant Application
Enrollment Guidelines
Scholarship Application

What we do

BOEC Winter Internship

BOEC lessons are conducted on a personalized basis and include all instruction, on-hill guiding and support, specialized equipment, and a lift ticket for the student.

We teach all disciplines of adaptive skiing, including visually impaired, three-track, four-track, mono-skiing and bi-skiing. Our staff is trained in the latest in adaptive teaching techniques and equipment. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing instruction are also available.

Our adaptive ski program follows the practices and guidelines set by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI).

We offer exciting adaptive ski opportunities for all skier levels, from beginners to experts, over the age of four.

Reservations

Please call 970-453-5633 or 1-800-383-BOEC (2632) (Monday-Friday) to make a reservation. We recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible, starting in October of the appropriate ski season. Payment in full is required to hold reservations.

All participants will be required to sign a Release of Liability Agreement and a Statement of Informed Consent and Code of Conduct to participate in BOEC programs. Please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected].

You may read the two agreements here before going directly to signing the online waivers.

Cancellations

Cancellations made outside of 24 hours from reservation time receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee. Cancellations made within 24 hours from reservation time will not receive a refund.

Please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected].

Breckenridge

All lessons include one-on-one instruction, any/all equipment needed and a lift ticket for the student. Prices are per person. Advance reservations are required, and payment-in-full is required to confirm reservations. Customized lessons/pricing for groups are available upon request.

Learn more about the Breckenridge Adaptive Ski & Snowboard School.

Regular Season Rates

  • Full Day (9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm): $235
  • Half Day (9:30am-12pm OR 1-3:30pm): $150

High Season Rates
(Dec. 19 – Jan. 2; Jan. 15-17; Feb. 19-26; Mar. 5-27)

  • Full Day (9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm): $260
  • Half Day (9:30am-12pm OR 1-3:30pm): $170

*Lunch not included or supervised

Call 970-453-5633 For A Participant Application

Keystone

All lessons include one-on-one instruction, any/all equipment needed and a lift ticket for the student. Prices are per person. Advance reservations are required, and payment-in-full is required to confirm reservations. Customized lessons/pricing for groups are available upon request.

Learn more about the Keystone Adaptive Center.

Regular Season Rates

  • Full Day (9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm): $235
  • Half Day (9:30am-12pm OR 1-3:30pm): $150

High Season Rates
(Dec. 19 – Jan. 2; Jan. 15-17; Feb. 19-26; Mar. 5-27)

  • Full Day (9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm): $260
  • Half Day (9″30am-12pm OR 1-3:30pm): $170

*Lunch not included or supervised

Call 970-453-5633 For A Participant Application

All lessons include one-on-one instruction, any/all equipment needed and a lift ticket for the student. Full and half day lessons are available. Prices are per person. Advance reservations are required, and payment-in-full is required to confirm reservations. Customized lessons/pricing for groups are available upon request.

2021-22 Rates

  • Full Day (9am-Noon & 1-3:30pm): $260
    • $235 with 14-Day Advance Reservation
  • Half Day (9:30am-Noon OR 1-3:30pm): $170
    • $150 with 14-Day Advance Reservation

*Lunch not included or supervised

Call 970-453-5633 For A Participant Application

Adaptive Ski Equipment

BOEC provides a wide range of adaptive techniques and equipment that allow individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy the fun and freedom that comes with sliding on the snow. Below is a brief breakdown of some of the “disciplines” and corresponding equipment and techniques used at the BOEC.

Stand up skiing/riding

Thinking about standing up to ski/ride? Have strength, balance and/or range of motion concerns? No sweat, there are plenty of possibilities and strategies that can help make stand up skiing and/or snowboarding a reality.

2T, “Two Tracking”

  • 2T, “Two Tracking,” – Two legs, two boots, two skis, but lots of adaptive devices and techniques our instructors can suggest to keep you comfortable, meet your needs and help created a personalized skiing experience.
  • Physical and/or cognitive impairments – adaptive devices and techniques can be utilized to help control speed, direction and fatigue of skiing.
  • Visual impairments and VI guiding – BOEC has trained staff who can teach and guide skiers with all types of visual impairments (VI bibs, head sets and other adaptive devices area available based on skier/instructor preference).

3T, “Three Tracking”

  • 3T, “Three Tracking,” – Skiing on one leg with two handheld outriggers to assist with balance and turning.
  • Amputations, atrophy, discomfort and/or range of motion concerns etc.

4T, “Four Tracking”

  • 4T, “Four Tracking,” – Two boots, two skis, and two hand-held outriggers.
    • Prosthetics, atrophy, discomfort, balance and/or range of motion concerns etc.

Ski-Legs, Slider

  • “Ski-Legs,” “Slider” – Two boots, two skis and an easily adjustable standing frame with separate skis on the legs to assist with balance and control. Note: only used on green terrain.
  • Prosthetics, atrophy, fatigue, balance and/or strength concerns

Snowboarding

  • “Snowboarding” – Two boots, one board and lots of bending over, sitting down and standing up. Interested in sliding on snow, but looking for something different than typical alpine skiing? BOEC also offers adaptive snowboard instruction with a variety of adaptive equipment and techniques to get you up and having a good time.
  • Prosthetics, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), foot/ankle discomfort, leg strength/range of motion differential etc.

Sit-skiing

Feeling concerned about standing up to ski or snowboard? No worries, the BOEC offers a range of “sit-skiing” options which allow individuals to get to rip up the slopes and enjoy the snowy mountains while relying more on core and/or upper body movements and techniques to control turn shape and speed.

Bi-Ski

  • Bi-Ski – Adaptive ski with two skis underneath. Can be used with hand-held outriggers or fixed outriggers. Can be skied independently and/or with an instructor to help control speed and turn shape.
  • Amputations, atrophy, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.

Mono-Ski

  • Mono-Ski – Adaptive ski with one ski underneath, must be skied with hand-held outriggers, decent shoulder/arm strength and mobility. Skied independently.
  • Amputations, atrophy, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.

Ski-Bike

  • Ski-Bike – Basically a bike frame with skis instead of wheels. We have a variety of different style ski bikes to help meet your wants and needs.
  • Amputations, atrophy, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.

*As mentioned above, this is a very brief and basic description of some of the more common adaptive techniques and equipment used. If there is anything in particular you are looking for, or have any questions about equipment, techniques, or the general experience at the BOEC Adaptive Ski and Ride program, please feel free to contact our ski office at 970-453-5633.

What They’re Saying

“If you’re thinking about spending a day with the BOEC, stop thinking, pick up the phone and book it!! I spent a week with the BOEC learning to monoski and it was by far the funnest week of skiing I’ve ever had. The BOEC shatters what you think you can do and replaces it with the understanding that you will be able to participate and not in a way that’s limiting. In fact, it’s usually liberating. Everyone in the office has a smile on their face. This group of individuals truly changed my life and I’m so excited to come back next year for another week of skiing and maybe even a week for the monoski camp! Thank you so much Nick and everyone else at the BOEC!!!!”

MARSHALL W., ADAPTIVE SKI PARTICIPANT

“My 7 year old daughter Arya, who has no vision, attended your ski program at Keystone this December. I am absolutely impressed by the level of skills your coaches have and the effort and personal caring they showed towards Arya. Everyone was attentive and careful without coddling Arya and letting her explore the snow and sensation of skiing. She had so much fun that she’s already asking to go back. Your program is amazing and I am very thankful to y’all for putting it together, getting all the skilled coaches and the enthusiastic volunteers.”

Sarah M., Mother of Adaptive Ski Participant

“Truly, this has been one of the best things for the little dude! He loves it so much. Every Thursday or so, he starts saying ‘Go to Breckenridge, Go to Breckenridge’ in anticipation, and he gets so excited to see his instructors and to ride the chairlift. He’s had the chance to ski with a bunch of the interns and volunteers who, I’m convinced, are the best people on the face of the earth. They are unbelievably patient, loving and dedicated.”

Deborah, Mother of Adaptive Ski Participant
BOEC Adaptive Ski participant

“About 8 years ago I went from having 20/15 vision to legally blind. My husband and his friends really enjoy skiing at Breckenridge and talked me into signing up for blind skiing lessons. I was very anxious and scared to say the least. Right out of the gate Kaelyn and Anne made me feel so comfortable and were so unbelievably patient with me. It’s because of my first day experience with these two instructors I decided to take a second day of lessons with them and had a blast. I would definitely recommended this program to anyone who needs special assistance.”

Stephanie, Blind Ski Participant

“My partner Shane and myself just spent the past 4 days with our son Xander doing the BOEC adaptive skiing program for the first time. Your program is awesome all around but we wanted to share a few things … #1 – by the end of day 2, he proclaimed he most definitely wanted to come back to Breck and ski again (high praise, trust us); #2 – he voluntarily shared that Chris was “tied for first” (with another instructor in Whistler) for best instructor he’s ever had (again, high praise from a snarky teen)…and he’s had upwards of 20+ at this point.”

Martin, Parent of Adaptive Ski Participant

“My friend and I recently completed five days of instruction under your adaptive ski program. I write to tell you how much we appreciate that service. I had not skied for over 10 years and your program offered me the opportunity to get back on my skis despite my limitations. This never would have happened if it were not for the help we received from your group. The instructors were professional, pleasant and responded patiently and enthusiastically to our needs.”

David R., Adaptive Ski Participant

Upcoming Ski & Snowboard Events

Hartford Ski Spectacular

December 6 @ 1:00 pm - December 12 @ 9:00 pm

Frozen Assets BIA Adaptive Ski Program

January 3, 2022 @ 8:00 am - January 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Military Ski & Snowboard Camp

January 11, 2022 @ 8:00 am - January 13, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Outdoor Adventures Within Ski Retreat

January 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - January 21, 2022 @ 10:00 am

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